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Accentuate Your Front Yard Landscape With A Healthy Lawn

Apr 11, 2013 | Lawns

With spring comes the anticipation of gardening, landscaping and flowers. Part of a beautiful front yard landscape is a well-manicured lawn. But, keeping a lawn healthy is work. For starters, you need to know what type of grass you have: warm-season or cool-season. A lot of the grass in this area is a cool-season variety like fescue of Kentucky Bluegrass. The most common warm-season grass in the region is Zoysia or Bermuda grass. Once you have identified your turf grass variety, here are a few things you need to do to get your lawn off to a strong start.

 

Cool-season grass

  • Apply crabgrass herbicide if you experienced a lot of crabgrass last year.
  • Reseed any bare spots in March or early April.
  • Hand pull or use herbicide to spot treat any broadleaf weeds.

 

Warm-season grass

  • Apply broadleaf herbicide to kill wild onion or garlic in your lawn.
  • Do a soil test to prepare any upcoming lawn renovation.
  • Apply fertilizer after spring green up — usually in May.
  • If you need to establish a warm-season grass, wait until the soil is warm enough — usually May or June.
  • Aerate or use a reel mower to remove any thatch build up.

If your cool-season grass was not fertilized in the fall and you intend to fertilize it this spring, apply it at the rate used for all the grasses mentioned here — .9 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. Ideally tall fescue and Kentucky Bluegrass are fed in September and October. The warm-season grasses Zoysia and fine fescue are fed only once per year. Feed Zoysia in June and fine fescue in October. Bermuda grass should be fed twice, once in June and again in July, according to the Unversity of Maryland extension office. Contact us today to discuss your lawn care and landscaping needs.

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